2nd Annual African American Graduates’ Rites of Passage Ceremony

 “Leadership is a privilege, not a problem. And if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more to become more, you are truly a leader.” 

Rising, resounding and resilient

On Friday, June 4, 4 p.m., the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators (SFABSE) in partnership with SFUSD African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative (AAALI) will host an in-person outdoor event at the Kezar Pavilion Stadium. 

This is an opportunity for students to be celebrated by their families, friends, teachers, mentors and community: The Second Annual African American Graduates Rites of Passage Ceremony for the African American graduates of SFUSD Class of 2021! One student-planned and -led event will include students’ speeches, student poetry, student harp solo and a student interpretive dance. 

Mayor London Nicole Breed, SF Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton, SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews, Deputy Superintendent Enikia Ford Morthel, Special Assistant to the Superintendent for African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative (AAALI) Dr. Silindra McRay and Human Rights Commission Director Dr. Sheryl Davis will provide words of encouragement to our students.

Let’s not forget that the Class of 2021 is like no other. They never had the opportunity to engage in person with their teachers, classmates or school community, but they still were “Rising, Resounding and Resilient” with their goal to graduate and keep going.

This event is sponsored in collaboration with SFUSD African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative, African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC), San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators (SFABSE), The African American Arts & Culture Complex (AAACC), Black to the Future, 100 percent College Prep Institute, Beyond 12, College Track, Golden State Warriors, Mo’MAGIC, SF Achievers and San Francisco Bay View newspaper.